Stephen started gazing at photographs at a very early age - Life magazine and National Geographic were among his favorites. Through the pages of the magazines he was able to discover exotic animals, flora and places he never imagined visiting. The cultural diversity of the subjects, their lifestyles and natural landscapes were fascinating and ignited his passion for further exploration.
He believes every photograph has a story to tell and as viewers we are curious to know more. A still photograph feeds into our curiosity, allowing our imaginations to personally fill in the details of the story, whether it’s the identity of the subject, the location of the scene, the relation of a detail to the whole. Time is stopped in a photo, allowing us to author the history of its origin. An image presents a close-up and the viewer chooses the context, a chance to study and look closer, over and over again. Whether it’s capturing the rich color of a lily or the muted browns of an oak or the sparkling personality of a beloved soul, the imagery is frozen in time. This was Stephen’s early introduction to the artform of photography and he was totally fascinated by that concept: the ability to view photographs, revisit them and at will, return to the world of that image, again and again.
Stephen has enjoyed a successful commercial photography career spanning 35 years which began the summer he graduated with a BFA from the Maryland Institute College of Art. Location assignments have gifted him the opportunity to travel to those exotic locations he could only dream about as a child. He participates regularly in solo and group exhibitions and many of his artworks have won first, bronze and honorable mention awards at international competitions such as the Tokyo, Budapest and Moscow International Foto Competitions, Prix de la Photographie de Paris, CFA Artist of the Year, Siena and Umbra International Photo Awards, 12th Annual Color Awards, China International Digital Photography Exhibition. He’s very excited to have been invited to exhibit his fineart images at the 2021 Architecture Biennale in Venice this May through November. Stephen’s photographs are included in many private collections.